Jack­son: Browns have ‘moved on’ from Gor­don

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

BEREA, OHIO >> The Browns have per­sonal com­pas­sion for Josh Gor­don. They’re done with him pro­fes­sion­ally.

A day af­ter the trou­bled re­ceiver said he’s en­ter­ing re­hab for an un­spec­i­fied con­di­tion, Cleve­land coach Hue Jack­son said Fri­day the team in­tends to “move on” from Gor­don.

“What we need to do is just close that chap­ter right now,” Jack­son said. “He’s do­ing what he needs to do, and we need to do what we need to do, which is con­tinue to move for­ward.”

One of the NFL’s most tal­ented young play­ers, Gor­don, who has been sus­pended for 30 of the Browns past 35 games, an­nounced Thurs­day that he’s step­ping away from football to fo­cus on get­ting his life to­gether. The 25-year-old was sched­uled to re­turn from his lat­est four-game sus­pen­sion next week and pos­si­bly play on Oct. 9 against New Eng­land.

How­ever, Gor­don has cho­sen to put his ca­reer on hold to work on an uniden­ti­fied ad­dic­tion.

Jack­son, who said he talked to Gor­don “sev­eral times” about his de­ci­sion to en­ter re­hab, grew tired of the ques­tions about the for­mer Pro Bowler. Jack­son said his sole fo­cus needs to be on tak­ing care of “the play­ers that are here and the play­ers that are prac­tic­ing and work­ing.”

“What is best for our football team is that we move for­ward and move on,” Jack­son said. “He is not go­ing to be with us. We wish him well, but we are mov­ing for­ward.”

Cow­boys’ Bryant ques­tion­able to play

FRISCO, TEXAS >> Dez Bryant is ques­tion­able for Dal­las’ game against San Fran­cisco, and re­morse­ful about go­ing AWOL on the Cow­boys early in the week over fear about his knee in­jury.

The 2014 All-Pro re­ceiver didn’t prac­tice all week af­ter sus­tain­ing a hair­line frac­ture in a bone in his right knee in last week’s win over Chicago. He was of­fi­cially listed as ques­tion­able Fri­day.

Owner Jerry Jones said on his ra­dio show Fri­day that an X-ray the night of the game re­vealed the hair­line frac­ture, and Bryant missed a fol­low-up MRI on Mon­day and team meet­ings Tues­day be­cause he didn’t want to get some bad news.

“Just re­ally didn’t want to know what the is­sue was,” Bryant said. “I wish I would have done a bet­ter job. Like we al­ways do, learn from things and get bet­ter. No­body lost any sleep. We’re mov­ing on to San Fran try­ing to con­tinue to keep pro­gress­ing in the sea­son.”

Bills place Watkins on IR

OR­CHARD PARK, N.Y. >> Buffalo re­ceiver Sammy Watkins will miss at least eight weeks rest­ing an in­jury to his sur­gi­cally re­paired left foot af­ter the team placed him on the re­served-in­jured list.

The Bills an­nounced the move on Fri­day af­ter­noon, a few hours af­ter coach Rex Ryan ex­pressed “ma­jor con­cern” over the re­ceiver miss­ing sig­nif­i­cant time.

Watkins was al­ready ruled out from play­ing at New Eng­land on Sun­day, and missed last week­end’s game against Ari­zona. He’s been side­lined since a team­mate stepped on his foot dur­ing a walk through ses­sion last week.

Red­skins’ Nor­man fined $48,620 for hit vs. Giants

NEW YORK >> Wash­ing­ton cor­ner­back Josh Nor­man was fined $48,620 by the NFL­for his un­nec­es­sary rough­ness foul on Giants wide re­ceiver Ster­ling Shep­ard last week.

Nor­man is a re­peat of­fender who was fined more than $26,000 last sea­son for his tus­sles with Giants re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr. Last Sun­day, Nor­man hit Shep­ard near the head and neck area.

Also from that game, Giants cen­ter We­ston Rich­burg was docked $12,154 for his un­sports­man­like con­duct af­ter be­ing ejected. New York safety An­drew Adams was fined $9,115 for hit­ting a Red­skins player who was out of bounds dur­ing a punt.

San Fran­cisco’s Eli Harold was fined $18,231 for his horse col­lar penalty that re­sulted in Seat­tle QB Rus­sell Wil­son’s sprained knee lig­a­ment.

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